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prehistory,

period of human evolution before writing was invented and records kept. The term was coined by Daniel Wilson in 1851. It is followed by protohistory, the period for which we have some records but must still rely largely on archaeological evidence to provide a coherent account. The study of prehistory is concerned with the activities of a society or culture, not of the individual, and is limited to the material evidence that has survived.
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Desde su retiro, Koppen dedico cada vez mas tiempo a desarrollar con Alfred una nueva linea de evidencia sobre el desplazamiento continental, que dio como resultado la publicacion en 1924 de un trabajo conjunto intitulado Die Klimate der geologischen Vorzeit. La energia y amplia percepcion de Alfred fue complementada con la experiencia, sagacidad y erudicion de Koppen.
Rehbach: Die Thranen / Haben mir zwar den Gebrauch des Gesichtes geraubet / doch kehret / Oft das Gedachtniss der Vorzeit in Ossians Seele zuruck.
Der Mensch der Vorzeit, Allgemeine Verlags Gesllschaft, Berlim: 190.
Reading The Genealogy of Morals against this intellectual background will help us both to judge the balance between metaphor and literal statement in the text, and to understand the confidence with which Nietzsche speaks of the primeval past (the "Vorzeit" or "Urzeit").
See also Joseph Kleutgen, Die Theologie der Vorzeit verteidigt, vol.
Gangolf Schrimpf (Frankfurt am Main: Josef Knecht, 1996), 33ff; Wattenbach-Levison, Deutschlands Geschichtsquellen im Mittelalter 6: Vorzeit und Karolinger (Weimar: Hermann Bohlaus, 1990), 762-66; Josef Fleckenstein, Die Hofkapelle der deutschen Konig (Stuttgart: Anton Hiersemann, 1959), 179-80; and E.
Kleutgen rejects Brucker's dismissal of medieval thought and finds a complete Philosophie der Vorzeit (the title of his major book) in the medieval period, especially in Aquinas.
Wattenbach (ed.), Anzeiger fur Kunde der deutschen Vorzeit 22 (1875), 73-74.